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400. >> our officers responded to a 911 call. and because of the heroic actions of our officers they stopped this from being worse than it could have been. >> reporter: the first police officer who responded to the scene was shot by the gunman. >> our officer, a 20 year veteran was ambushed, shot multiple times. he is currently at the hospital undergoing surgery. we expect him to recover. >> reporter: the gunman was shot dead by another police officer, multiple ambulances and emergency vehicles responded. at least three victims were taken to local hospitals. parminder kaleka says her brother-in-law the sikh temple president satwant singh kaleka was shot in the back. >> this is a big tragedy for our church. we always thought this was a safe place. we never thought this could happen ever in our church, ever. >> reporter: just last month satwant sin kaleka had requested a meeting with city officials to talk about hate crimes against sikh owned businesses. she told her mother she hid in the kitchen while the gunman was shooting. >> all she said was there is ate
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gunman. >> the reports of multiple shootings were likely reports of the same shooter with different perspectives, which is very common in an active shooter incident. >> reporter: authorities interviewed witnesses and survivors at a nearby bowling ally, they are still investigating a possible motive. inest ferre for cbs news. >> glor: we are joined by paul piaskoski of wdjt-tv. i know you were speaking to people inside the temple. what are they saying? >> yeah, we spoke with a gentleman who was just led away from the facility about 20 minutes ago. we understand that he has gotten a description of the gunman from witnesses. and it's the first time we're hearing this he describes the gunman as a heavy-set caucasian male wearing black-blue pants and a white shirt and tells us
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that the children inside the temple were the first to hear the gunfire taking part in a birthday party in the basement of this facility. we understand-- understand they heard the gunfire and thought it was fireworks. when they realized it was gunfire they were the one was ran and warned the adults. >> jeff: paul, thank you very much. the hot dry summer across the u.s. has hit oklahoma especially hard. then the parched land caught fire. state officials say 18 wildfires have already burned more than 90 square miles. manuel bojorquez is in luther, oklahoma tonight. >> reporter: the largest of nearly 20 fires burned in east central oklahoma creek county known as the freedom hill wildfire it has burned over 58,000 acres, destroyed at least 40 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents. >> it's certainly been a very tough week for the state of oklahoma. just numerous fires throughout the state, major fires, a lot of small fires. it has really taxed the resources of the state of oklahoma. >> reporter: while there are no reported deaths, officials are concerned there may be victims given the fire's broad path. in a summer where severe heat has baked the state, parts of oklahoma have suffered through temperatures exceeding 110
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degrees and according to the state forestry service have created ideal wildfire conditions. while today oklahoma saw lower temperatures, officials are warning that fires can flare again. 25 miles northeast of oklahoma city people in the town of luther are coming back to the burnt out rubble that used to be their homes. on saturday firefighters were able to gain control of a roaring wildfire that erupted outside of town and then tore through it. winds with flames decimated nearly 60 homes and other buildings. residents like casey strahan lost everything. >> when you come back to this, you see it all destroyed, and everything you touch is just ash and there's not anything that you can save. >> reporter: investigators suspect the luther fire may have been intentionally set. and right now the oklahoma county sheriff's department is looking for a person in a black pickup truck that person was seen throwing newspapers out a
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window after setting them on fire. jeff? >> glor: manuel, thank you. tropical storm ernesto is struggling but still pelting jamaica with heavy rains and wind. the storm is moving quickly through central america. forecasters say it could become a low level hurricane this week. in the mideast 15 border guards are dead following an attack at the egyptian-israeli border. mass gunmen approached a check point and opened fire with automatic weapons, we're told. israel says its air force targeted the gunman's vehicle as it tried to cross the border. egyptian state television sa islamist militants carried out the attack. egypt has closed the border. in damascus syrian rebels are holding 48 hostages that they claim are iranian elite revolutionary guard sent to fight for the assad dictatorship. iran wants them freed claiming they are religious pilgrims.
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in syria today the fierce fighting is getting worse in the streets of aleppo. syrian army tanks and helicopter gunships are pounding rebel held neighborhoods. our charlie d'agata is in aleppo province speaking with leaders of the free syrian army. what are they telling you tonight? >> reporter: jeff, we have been hearing sustained loud explosions where we are tonight. and we have been told it's fighting between rebels and the syrian army over a nearby airbase. we spoke to the second in command for the rebels in aleppo who is concerned tonight they are arriving in large numbers around the city they have seen an increase in both tanks and troops. the rebels believe that a large scale assault is imminent. we have to point out that fighting has continued for the past few days anyway. he said his men can fight the syrian army soldiers in the street but when tanks are used, his men can keep out of the way but it's the civilian population that suffers. he also told us rebel fighters continue to hold ground but there are discrepancies among the brigade.
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one local commander told us they are so low on ammunition they can only defend instead of attack. and even then his brigade only has enough firepower to hold out for four or five days. >> glor: charlie, can i ask you about the civilians because i know the humanitarian crisis already bad. i am assuming it is not getting any better. >> reporter: no, it seems to be getting worse by the hour. and really in the past 24 hours refugees arriving here tonight from aleppo spoke of indiscriminate shelling and civilians are running out of food and water after being under siege for something like two weeks. there is no electricity or running water in large sections of the city about two million people. and it's not only the civilians facing shortages. one rebel brigade became so desperate last night the fighters actually tried to raid the food storage on a syrian army base near aleppo. and of course they were engaged. today they held a funeral for one fighter who was shot dead
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while trying to steal some eggs. charlie d'agata in aleppo province, charlie, thank you. meanwhile hundreds of syrian refugees everyday are fleeing across the border into jordan and that's putting pressure on jordan which is calling for international aid. charlie rose sat down with jordan's king abdullah in amman for "cbs this morning." >> reporter: do you believe that the syrians-- that it's not going to be easy for assad to go because he is part of the-- minority and that therefore there may be a plan "b?" >> if i was putting myself in his shoes, and again, having seen images of what happened to qaddafi, i mean that must be something in the back of his mind. where would i want to go if that was an option? if he does go by whatever means, i don't think the system is capable of changing. so you know, the clock is ticking on a political transition.
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and if we don't find ourselves a way out by the end of the year, then you are going to see a spike in sectarian violence and i think it's going to be a full out civil war. and you know, i think calamity for years to come. >> jeff: you can see the full charlie rose interview with king abdullah this coming tuesday on "cbs this morning." later here, moment of decision for the world's fastest runners. and inside look at how china churns out young olympians. and mission to mars. counting down to the landing of nasa's newest rover curiosity. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues.ñii]
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1záfd miles from earth. john blackstone is watching the final approach at the nasa jeteñ propulsion laboratory in pasadena tonight. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. this is an actual size model of curiosity, the largest rocket ever sent to mars it weighs about 2,000 pounds. it is about the size of a small suv. now the real thing is hurtling toward the red planet for a risky an challenging landing. for the past decade nasa engineers and scientists have been designing and building the mars rover curiosity. all that work now depends on landing successfully on mars which is planned to come at 1:31 a.m. eastern time. nasa's doug mccuistion.
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>> so tonight's it, superbowl of planetary exploration, one yard line, one play left 12 hours from now. we score and win or we don't score and we don't win. >> reporter: the final push is complex and risky. adam steltzner leads the team in charge of entry, descent and landing-- e.d.l. >> we are rationally confident, emotionally terrified, and we're ready for e.d.l. >> reporter: the intricate landing sequence begins when the spacecraft enters the martian atmosphere traveling at 13,000 miles per hour. a huge parachute will open to slow the descent to 200 miles an hour. then in a maneuver never tried before, curiosity will be lowered on cables from the jet propelled landing stage. because it's so far from earth, curiosity has to make all those last second decisions on its own. with no help from the engineers at j.p.l. >> as far as the amount of control that the team has during entry, descent and landing, it's identical to the control that anybody watching at home has. we're all along for the ride. >> reporter: scientists can only
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watch as the last seven minutes of this ambitious mission determines the outcome says cbs news space analyst bill harwell. >> if it is a success it will be one of the great scientific triumphs of the space-age and if it fails i think it could be a setback for interplanetary exploration. >> reporter: the mission is to search for evidence that mars once could support life, an exploration that is expected to last two years. >> glor: what kind of tools and equipment does the rover have? >> well, it begins with the mask there that has a number of cameras on it to capture detailed panoramic images of regard mars as you have never seen before. other than that it is equipped to do what a human geologist would do on mars. pick up samples of rock and soil and then run them through an onboard laboratory to discover exactly what mars is made of. they're looking for carbon which is considered a building block of life. >> glor: fascinating. we'll be watching, john
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>> glor: at the olympics today china took over the medal lead. the u.s. is second and great britain third. china swept all five of the golds in badminton. so how did all of their athletes get so good. barry petersen found the secret. >> reporter: to the chinese it was a feat worthy of a nation's pride when 16-year-old swimmer ye shiwen broke records and won two gold medals. in one of the events her final lap was faster than a similar lap of a u.s. male swimmer. an american suggested the record speed was the result of doping. unbelievable, disturbing and suspicious said john leonard, executive director of the american swimming coaches association. china's english language newspaper headline, yeah, she won, aimed at what many here see as america's disrespect for china.
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and ye went on chinese tv after routine testing that every medal winner goes through cleared her. "they envy us," she said. and added about her wins, "we train more diligently." in fact, china's olympic system is all about state-run schools like this one in beijing. children as young as six are hand picked to be the next generation of chinese medal winners. they get some education but the focus is on training and more training. table tennis player wan hao who is all of 13 knows what he wants to become. >> a world champion, he says, doing for his father, his own it for his father, his own pride and as he put it, to win honor for my country. china didn't even compete in the olympics until 1932 when its games were in los angeles. and it wasn't until 1984 when the games were back in los angeles that china won its first medals including more than a dozen golds.
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and if these kids and their coaches have their way, the days of america's medal dominance will soon be over. china's economic development prompts our sports development, says gymnastics coach zhoa genbo which means hundreds of millions of dollars gladly spent for schools like this one, each an olympic stream factory. barry petersen, cbs news, beijing. ahead the race to see who is the fastest runner on the planet. look at those toys. insurance must be expensive.
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are you in good hands? >> glor: a very impressive weekend for serena williams. she won the women's olympic tennis doubles today with her sister venus after winning yesterday. also at center court scotland's own andy murray winning its gold for great britain in straight sets he beat roger federer. to cap an exciting day the fastest men in the world hit the track and mark philips is there.
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>> reporter: there is no bigger event in the olympics than the men's 100 meter and no bigger character than the man who has owned that race since the last games jamaican usain bolt. and no greater expectation among jamaicans who gathered to watch their stars. >> one, two, three jamaica, all right. >> one, two, three, one, two, three. >> reporter: what makes you so confident? >> because we're jamaican! >> reporter: and that confidence stood up through the semi- finals, bolt cruising to win his heat. >> bolt all its way! >> reporter: in fact, the jamaicans had three runners in the headline final a long with three americans. the stage was set for the games greatest and shortest drama. his fans knew bolt hadn't been in top form coming into these games, he said he was running at about 95%. and this was the first time ever that the four fastest men of all time were in the same olympic final. the race lived up to its potential and so did usain bolt. the fastest man who has ever lived was the fastest man here running the second fastest time ever. time for a party.
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normally winners are winners and losers, losers. here, but the other gripping moment on the track was provided by this man, double amputee blade runner oscar pistorius. in his 400 meter semi-final, the race he had dreamed of making hi finished last but it was stillñi his gold they say lightning never strikes twice but for usain bolt it has. once again his is the image of these games. bolt has said he wants to be more than a winner, he wants to be a legend. he is now. mark philips, cbs news, london. >> glor: and updating our top story tonight, a lone gunman opened fire at a sikh temple in oak creek, wisconsin, this morning. killing six people before police shot and killed him. three people are in the hospital including the first officer to arrive who was shot. police say the f.b.i. is taking over the investigation of the shooting which is treating as an act of domestic terrorism.
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just last month the temple president asked for a meeting with city officials to discuss hate crimes against sikh owned businesses. that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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t minus four hours it comes down to tonight mars rover gets closer to the red planet. caltrans under the microscope allegations about safety tests in the bay area and across the state. delays check in on the south bay sikh temple in the wake of the deadly,,,,,,,,
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good evening i'm ann notorangelo. we head closer to the martian
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history nasa's robert called curiosity " set to touchdown and a matter of hours scientist hold their breath hoping it will explore the red planet like never before. don knapp at nasa ames research center in mountain view where the seven minutes of terror might feel like seven hours it is the most advanced rover so far a 1 t nuclear powered 6 we'll get laboratory on wheels to roam the surface to gather information it is moving between 8000 miles per hour to 13,000 mi. per hour it plummets through the martian atmosphere the trick is to get it to the surface safely. no one on earth will be able to see the rover on its descent, thousands expected at nasa ames to get the first signals whether is survived or fails among them mission participant chris


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